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Jeff Hornacek, Coach of the Year?

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07:23 AM ET 02.13 | During his short time as an NBA coach, the work Jeff Hornacek has done in Phoenix should be lauded. Predicted to be a bottom feeder in the Western Conference for a second consecutive season, the Suns, with 10 new faces on the roster, have defied all expectations en route to a 30-21 record and the No. 7 spot in the conference standings at the All-Star break. According to the Suns' star of the first half, point guard Goran Dragic, the team's success is in large part due to the man at the head of the bench. ... Without being prompted, Dragic, who has played under the likes of Alvin Gentry, Mike D'Antoni and Rick Adelman, voluntarily cast his vote for Hornacek in regards to one very important end of the year honor. "I'll vote for him to be Coach of the Year," said Dragic.

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February 13, 2014  08:42 AM ET

I got him first than the Blazers coach next.

February 13, 2014  09:44 AM ET

Its a long season, still have 1/2 to go.....
But as of now, he sure is.

I expect the suns to start to fade, assuming they don't make any big moves, fall out of the playoffs and he won't win COY

February 13, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Its a long season, still have 1/2 to go.....But as of now, he sure is.I expect the suns to start to fade, assuming they don't make any big moves, fall out of the playoffs and he won't win COY

They're here to stay. They've been consistent throughout the season. Maybe injuries will change that if it happens.

February 13, 2014  09:55 AM ET

What the DUECE...

Not even close....the COY lives in NO

February 13, 2014  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They're here to stay. They've been consistent throughout the season. Maybe injuries will change that if it happens.

young teams typically start strong-
but after the AS break when the better and veteran teams start revving up for the playoffs- these younger teams tend to start to fade
they have sero front court scoring-

just my opinion-
will make you a gentleman's bet that they don't make the playoffs

February 13, 2014  10:07 AM ET

Yes, he is. Everybody expected the Suns to be a lottery team. Most expected the Blazers to be a playoff team.

February 13, 2014  10:18 AM ET

Thibs for COY! every year!

February 13, 2014  10:18 AM ET

I'd say Thibs probably deserves some COY recognition for what he is doing with the Bulls minus D Rose and Deng.

February 13, 2014  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'd say Thibs probably deserves some COY recognition for what he is doing with the Bulls minus D Rose and Deng.

The anti-Serb sentiment in the NBA is hard to overcome.

February 13, 2014  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

young teams typically start strong-but after the AS break when the better and veteran teams start revving up for the playoffs- these younger teams tend to start to fade they have sero front court scoring-just my opinion-will make you a gentleman's bet that they don't make the playoffs

You're taking your chances there on that bet. Better reconsider. Marc Gasol is out again. Denver sucks and Lawson is out. Minny continues to fall behind. The Suns will not all of a sudden forget how they got successful so far. Now if Kobe comes back soon maybe they'll kick the Suns out of the playoffs.

February 13, 2014  11:31 AM ET

Its either him or the Blazers coach....maybe Jim Carrey over there in Dallas deserves some love...after that I cant see anyone else

February 13, 2014  12:37 PM ET
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I got him first than the Blazers coach next.

With the talent on that roster? Give it to him.

February 13, 2014  04:39 PM ET

Before the season started, everyone thought the Suns were going to be one of the worst teams this season. We're at the All-Star break and it looks like the Suns might make the playoffs. The players all bought into their coach Jeff Hornacek.

As a Blazer fan, I would be happy if Jeff Hornacek wins coach of the year. He's done a great job.

February 13, 2014  04:50 PM ET

Yeah, Hornacek is definitely COY. When the Suns traded Gortat for the injured Okafor, it was easy to assume that they were tanking. Instead, JH has them playing at a playoff level.

A lot of oood candidates (Budenholzer in Atlanta, Stotts in Portland, etc..), but Hornacek has done the most with the least talent, and done it as a rookie HC.

 
February 13, 2014  06:43 PM ET

they will fade in the second half.....

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